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Children under 5 years not to pay hospital bills: Parirenyatwa

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa said that children under the age of 5 do not pay hospital charges today at the (United State Agency for International Development)USAID Mhuri Imuli program launch in Msasa.

He urged all mothers to breast feed for a minimum of six months so as to reduce the babies risk to diseases.

He also added that:

“People from all walks of life; regardless their social status, gender and religion – you … me … we all have a role to play in women and child health survival.

The United States has launched ‘Mhuri Imuli’ a programme aimed to improve the health in Zimbabwe.

The five year $25 million programme will provide technical assistance to the ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) to expand access to and improve the quality or reproductive, maternal, new born, and child health services.

Over the last seven years, USAID and its partners have made impressive progress improving the health for more than 700, 000 women, over 1.5 million babies and children in Zimbabwe.

Mhuri Imuli is expected build on these achievements by strengthening the skills and knowledge of health services with productive health care.

Mhuri Imuli is also expected to improve the health of mothers and children in all seven districts of Manicaland by increasing access to high quality health services, from the home to the community, primary care facilities, and hospitals.

In total, the USAID program will make available critical health services to approximately 1.75millliom people in Manicaland province, including hard to- reach populations.

Despite recent advances, Zimbabwe still struggles with high levels of maternal and child deaths.

Stephanie Frank the director for USAID Mission said:

 “We particularly want this for new-born babies – so that they survive at birth and we want all our family members’ to be able to raise healthy families.”

“This is why our program focuses on the health of the entire Family network and focuses on high quality maternal, new born, child health care as well as family planning.”

“I have always had a passion for this type of work because I was premature when i was born”

“With this program, we want to help them survive at birth and grow to become health adults too.”

“We improved the health of 230.000 mothers and 1.5 million babies and children in Manicaland and trained over 3,000 community based health care workers.”

“USAID and FHI360 will also use innovative approaches to reach more young women and men with family planning services in all the 10 provinces of the country”

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